Shaking My Head

This just frosts me.  Some selections from the New York Times article I’ve linked:

“He’s neither-nor,” said Ricky Thompson, a pipe fitter who works at a factory north of Mobile, while standing in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store just north of here. “He’s other. It’s in the Bible. Come as one. Don’t create other breeds.”

“I would think of him as I would of another of mixed race,” said Glenn Reynolds, 74, a retired textile worker in Martinsdale, Va., and a former supervisor at a Goodyear plant. “God taught the children of Israel not to intermarry. You should be proud of what you are, and not intermarry.”

“He’s going to tear up the rose bushes and plant a watermelon patch,” said James Halsey, chuckling, while standing in the Wal-Mart parking lot with fellow workers in the environmental cleanup business. “I just don’t think we’ll ever have a black president.”

How much more stupidity, ignorance, and in some cases racism can there be in America?  More examples of why it’s no surprise that Obama is portrayed as ‘other,’ because too many believe that he is just that–‘other,’ “not one of us,” “neither-nor,” “dangerous,” “he doesn’t see America as we do,” “not trustworthy,” “terrorist,” [doing a] “terrorist fist bump” with his wife and, among the most detestable, “Kill him!”  For too many in this country, that’s attached to race.  I can’t be told for one second that this would occur if Obama were white and not biracial.  I feel sick and sad.

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Published in: on October 15, 2008 at 10:27 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. the veneer of civilization is quite thin in this country and what’s underneath often isn’t pretty.

    i’m disgusted more often than not.

  2. Indeed, Mike. At times, embarrassingly thin. This is one of those moments when I feel disgust.


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